Experience the amazing redwood forest on your visit through Northern California and see some of the tallest trees in the world. Redwood National and State Parks are a string of protected forests, beaches, and grasslands along Northern California’s coast. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park has trails through dense old-growth woods. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is home to Fern Canyon, with its high, plant-covered walls. Roosevelt elk frequent nearby Elk Prairie. Giant Redwood clusters include Redwood National Park’s Lady Bird Johnson Grove.
Drive-Thru Tree Park is a privately-owned grove that has been operated by the Underwood Family since 1922. Located approximately 180 miles north of the San Francisco Bay Area, the park was an ideal stopping place for overnight or week-long stays. In 1937 the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree was added to provide a unique treat for travelers. Visitors have been taking pictures of their vehicles inside the opening ever since. With the exception of motor homes or vehicles pulling trailers most vehicles will be able to drive through the Tree. Parking is provided for larger vehicles and tour buses.
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area is the southern gateway to the world-famous redwood belt along California’s North Coast. About 10 miles of trails weave through its steep canyon bluffs, second-growth forests, and clusters of old-growth redwoods. The tallest redwood, the 225-foot Captain Miles Standish Tree, is more than 1,200 years old. A two-mile stretch of the South Fork of the Eel River—with riffles, deep holes, and calm shallow areas—is popular with swimmers, kayakers, and anglers.
Since 1949 Confusion Hill has been the home of mystery, fun and family entertainment in the beautiful Northern California Redwoods. In January, 2010, Confusion Hill was recognized as a California State Point of Historical Interest. We are home to the World Famous Gravity House, the Redwood Shoe House, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not “World’s Tallest Free Standing Redwood Chainsaw Carving,” and the unique miniature Mountain Train Ride
Hollowed out in 1946 from a single log, the Famous One-Log House was created from a redwood tree over 2100 years old! This section alone weighed 42 tons. It took two men eight months of hard labor to hollow out a room 7 feet high and 32 feet long. Enough chips came out of it to build a five-bedroom house! This special log home includes living, dining, & bedroom areas just like any other trailer or motor home.
Everything we know about the World Famous Grandfather Tree we’ve learned from its signs: the tree is 1,800 years old, with a diameter of 24 feet, and 265 feet high (or maybe 245 feet. The tree is the main enticement to stop and peruse a gift shop filled with souvenirs, t-shirts, redwood clocks and bowls, and lots of live burls. Minor redwood photo ops are scattered around outside, including a bark teepee, carved Indian heads and cartoon bears eating ice cream, and stump chairs for Pa, Ma and Baby.
Avenue of the Giants – A Destination Vacation: Is a travel brochure featuring the world-famous scenic drive, which is a 31-mile portion of old Highway 101, that parallels Freeway 101 with its 51,222 acres of redwood groves. It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500-mile redwood belt and is accessible to all with convenient services provided along the way. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world. Take time to browse tourist attractions, picnic, camp, hike, swim, fish, raft, or bike ride in the cool hush of these ancient redwood forests.
California’s 3rd largest state park, with over 53,000 acres, and the largest old growth contiguous redwood forest in the world! Drive along the 32 mile Avenue of the Giants to explore Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and come by the Visitor Center between 10:00-4:00 between the towns of Weott and Myers Flat. For more specific information about the parks, call us at (707) 946-2263.
The Rockefeller Loop Trail/Bull Creek Flat trail is at the foot of the majestic 10,000 acre Rockefeller Forest. The Rockefeller Forest is the largest remaining contiguous old-growth coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest in the world. Trees soaring to immense heights combined with a relatively open under story combine to create a fairy-book forest! The grove has the classic groundcover of redwood needles dusted with a sparse layer of redwood sorrel and dotted with an occasional fern. Walking through these forests is like taking a step back in time. Some of the tallest trees in the world are in this forest, and they may be thousands of years old.
The Eternal Tree House is a free attraction worth at least five minutes of your vacation time. A carved wooden sign along the Avenue of the Giants promises a 20 ft. room in a “Living Tree.” Visitors walk into the woods behind its roadside gift shop, perhaps anticipating an ornately carved palace suspended overhead in ancient boughs. It turns out to be a man-carved room sunken at the bottom of a redwood stump. In the shade and foliage, the exterior of the Eternal Tree House resembles a huge pile of moldering firewood with a window. A short ramp leads down into single room below what’s left of a 2,500 year old redwood.
Fern Canyon is a canyon in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, California, western United States. The park is managed in cooperation with other nearby redwoods state parks and Redwood National Park. It is named for the ferns growing on the 50-foot high walls, through which runs Home Creek.
Visiting this 14,000-acre/5,666-hectare park is like walking through a portal into a world where everything is giant and green—a rainforest where ferns arc over mossy trails in a dappled world of light and shadow. Start with a hike among the ancient redwoods on the 3.2-mile/5.1-km Prairie Creek and Cathedral Tree loop, which begins at Prairie Creek Redwoods’ visitor center. From your first steps, “lush” is the operative word.
Situated right in the center of the Redwood National and State Parks, we are California’s original redwood Nature Attraction and have been welcoming visitors to this part of the world since 1946. We are the premier Nature Attraction on California’s North Coast – welcome visitors young and old from the world over! We are a 8/10ths of a mile of groomed interpretive trail through the awe-inspiring redwoods. Part of the trail (the Trail of Tall Tales) is devoted to the mythology of Paul Bunyan, America’s larger-than-life logger from the turn of the century. The trail, museum, gift shop, restaurant, and motel are all geared toward the family or group traveler. Our trails are open and maintained year-round. Plus, we offer a shuttle to SkyTrail for those who cannot easily walk the trail.